Negative sides / drawbacks of diets
As you go about planning on your approach to reach your goal weight, chances are high that you will decide to go on a diet. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of different diet approaches available that you can choose from and at times it can be overwhelming knowing which ones are healthy and which are not.
There are also a number of negative sides of diets that you need to be aware about because if you aren't, you could be putting your health in jeopardy.
Let's take a quick look at the negative sides of diets so you know precisely what the main problems to watch out for are.
Slowed Metabolic Rate
The very first negative side of diets to be aware of is the fact that a diet by nature will cause a reduction in your metabolic rate. Any time you feed the body fewer calories than it would ideally like, it's going to fight back against you by slowing down its metabolism.
This is it's response to the reduced food intake - it's going to burn fewer calories all day long in effort to conserve energy.
As a result, your weight loss slows down and if you come off the diet, you'll be more likely to gain excess body fat back.
The second negative side to some extreme diets are nutrient deficiencies. If you're consuming a very low calorie intake diet, there is a good chance that you aren't getting a wide variety of foods and may be falling short on some key vitamins and minerals that you need for proper functioning.
Nutrient deficiencies are going to be more common on diets that have you eliminating entire food groups such as grains, dairy products or fats.
Low Energy Levels
Moving along, another drawback to diets to be aware of is low energy levels. If you're not consuming enough calories on a regular basis eventually this is going to take its toll on your energy level and you may find that you're just not quite yourself.
You won't have as much interest in taking part in activities that you formerly enjoyed as you'll be more interested in lying on the couch trying to conserve energy.
This can really influence your quality of life and how much you enjoy being on your diet plan so is something that you really need to think about.
Drastic Bodyweight Fluctuations
Finally, the last negative side effect of diets is that they can cause dramatic bodyweight fluctuations. If you are gaining and losing ten to twenty pounds over a relatively short time period, this will not be ideal for maintaining a healthy body.
This will place a great deal of stress on your bones and organs and you could find that over time your body composition begins to change. Rather than losing fat and gaining muscle, you begin losing muscle and gaining fat, so you may in fact become an even fatter version of your current self.
So there you have a few of the biggest negative effects of dieting. You can offset many of these negative effects by choosing your diet properly and making sure that it's a sound approach.